Category Archives: Christmas

Kruschiki: the Ultimate Christmas Cookie

Crisp. Rich. Not too sweet. They have more than a taste. They have a feel that I couldn’t begin to describe. And they are beautiful. THIS is the cookie of my childhood. A special part of my Polish heritage. We … Continue reading

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Ornaments From the Garden – Santa Okra

A number of years ago, I had purchased some okra, dried it, and painted santa faces on it. But, it was a bit of a disappointment. I purchased the largest fresh okra I could find, but after drying it, I … Continue reading

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Christmas Ornaments From Aluminum Cans

One of my favorite Christmas¬†traditions is making ornaments for friends and family. This year, I wanted to make the ornaments from something I had recycled. I thought that aluminum cans would be fun to use, but we do not buy … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookie Exchange

This year, my friend Deb hosted a Christmas Cookie Exchange with a twist. The participants were asked to bring cookies made with wholesome ingredients. Here were her guidelines: “Please refrain from using refined white sugar or white flour, pre-packaged mixes, … Continue reading

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Winter Urns

Have you ever been asked to take on a task that you very much wanted to do, but which also made you a bit nervous? I recently had the opportunity to decorate three urns for the outside of our church … Continue reading

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My Gift to You

This past Christmas, I wanted to give those on my gift giving list a few note cards that I had printed from some of my photos. I’d like to share those with you as well. Below is a link of … Continue reading

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Fasting, Turkey, and a Russian Proverb

We were privileged, some years ago to have a young couple at Hope Church minister to our youth.¬† They were with us for only a year because they were in the final steps of preparing to be missionaries to Turkey. … Continue reading

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